The activities and attractions vary like the size of the Namibian towns and cities. Opportunities range from extensive shopping tours, exquisite dinners over dolphin cruises, quad biking to desert walks or just enjoying the stars in tranquility and silence.
The German language and culture is still an influence in many ways. German restaurants serve traditional meals, beer and bread and the language can be spoken in addition to the official language, English. Local Township tours give a unique perspective in to everyday life.
There are many interesting sights in the city, amongst them visitors can see the Ink Palace or Tintenpalast, the Christ Church or Christuskirche, the monumental Supreme Court Building and the Reiterdenkmal. The Old Fort Alte Feste - which is now the National Museum and the National College of the Arts are some of the oldest buildings.
Heroes Acre on the road to Rehoboth is one of the most modern National symbols. The Botanical Gardens and Zoo Park are popular places to relax. Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 45km (28 miles) north-east of the city.
One of the newest attractions is the aquarium giving examples of marine life along the Namibian coast; visitors can see sharks and stingrays. The drives along the dune lined coastline north or south are very scenic. Of interest also is the Welwitschia Drive which goes to the Moon Landscape at the Swakop River and further north into the Namib Naukluft Park.
This is the town where the desert meets the ocean. Dunes and crystal clear water invite the visitors to take part in various outdoor activities, like quad biking, sand-boarding or dolphin cruises.
The Langstrand is the 30km (19 miles) drive along the Namibian coast to Swakopmund. This drive is one of the most scenic in the country and a must for visitors on their way to a Namibia resort holiday. The famous Dune 7 on the outskirts of the town is the highest sand dune in the area; once visitors have climbed to the top they can enjoy a great view.
Sandwich Harbour is about 45 minutes drive away for intrepid 4x4 drivers only, once there visitors can enjoy the angling and freshwater lagoon.
Gobabis is about 200km (124 miles) east of Windhoek and is the centre for this region. Located nearby is an orphanage for big cats and other wild animals called the Harnas Lion, Leopard and Cheetah Farm.
Gobabis is a good stopover on the way to Johannesburg passing through Botswana via the border post of Buitpos which is a further 110km (68 miles). This route is now quicker than in the past (due to the Kalahari highway) but facilities in Botswana are limited and the countryside fairly featureless, more interesting routes are via Maun and Nata in the north-east of Namibia.
Khorixas is the centre of Damaraland, it has a petrol station, some shops and some accommodation but it is most noted for certain attractions in the area. A National Monument called Twyfelfontein or 'Doubtful Spring'About lies 90km (56 miles) west of Khorixas.
It has a most extensive gallery of rock engravings, the most in the world. The age of these engravings has not been fully determined but the estimate is around 6000 years old. Not far from Twyfelfontein visitors can see the basalt columns called the Organ Pipes' and a 'Petrified Forest' where the tree trunks are about 300 million years old.
In the South about 150km (93 miles) from Khorixas is the highest mountain in Namibia, the Brandberg Massif, with a peak 2573 metres high called Knigstein.
This town is 250km (155 miles) from Windhoek and 50km (31 miles) west of the Waterberg Plateau. The little town is quite green, prosperous and neat. In this area are some of Namibia's most luxurious lodges, integrated with reputable private game farms and reserves.
There is a crocodile farm here and also a Cheetah Conservation Trust / Information centre and the AfriCat Foundation for the protection of big cats in Africa.
Just 100km (62 miles) from Etosha, this little town has all major banks, good restaurants, a hospital, hotels, supermarkets and petrol stations and a wonderful German bakery that produces Black Forest cake, fresh rolls and light snack.
Situated 500km (311 miles) south of Windhoek, Keetmanshoop is the economic centre for the whole of southern Namibia. It is a major traffic junction and a nice place to stop over. A variety of accommodation is offered and there is an interesting museum to visit.
Close to the town is the famous Kokerboom or Quiver Tree Forest, now a National Monument, and Giants Playground, located on the farm by the name of Gariganus. Just north of the town is Brukarros, thought to be a volcano and in the south-east is the Naute Recreation Resort.
A very colourful and unusual town with quite a history located in the Diamond belt, Luderitz is built on bare rock at the edge of the Namib Desert and is exposed to the chilly Atlantic winds, heavy sea fogs and rough weather. A big attraction here is the excellent seafood available including crayfish and oysters.
The German Art Deco architectural style is evident everywhere from the colonial era, many brightly painted historic buildings can be seen and the local museum is well worth a visit, giving details of diamond mining, life in the desert, fishing and marine life and information on the indigenous people.
There is a modern waterfront, yacht club, wellness centre and a variety of drives to scenic areas and walks available. One of the most famous excursions is to the ghost town of Kolmanskop, which was once the most important diamond mining centre; it was later abandoned when the industry relocated to Oranjemund.
A boat trip around the lagoon is a pleasant activity and visitors looking to find a sand rose worn from crystallised gypsum, can contact the Nature Conservation Office to be escorted by a guide and dig one out from Agate Beach.
Located on one of the most scenic drives in Namibia, Aus is between Keetmanshoop and Luderitz. The big attractions here are the wild horses of Garub; there is a sign on the highway and a visitors station near the waterhole. From Aus it is about a 1 hour drive to Luderitz, just before entering the town the highway passes through drift sand dunes and caution should be exercised while driving on this stretch.
Situated about 260km (162 miles) south of Windhoek, Mariental is the site of Hardap Dam and Game Park. The dam is the largest in Namibia, located on the Fish River, it is a popular holiday resort with watersports, and where hiking and game viewing (including possibility of seeing Black Rhino) are also available. There are a number of scenic drives as well.
This town is an ideal base for visitors wanting to explore Namib Naukluft Park and Sossuvlei (where a 4x4 is required) also Sesriem and Kuisib Canyons. Maltahoehe has a variety of guest farms who offer tours into the vlei.
The hotel in the town has a German atmosphere and good meals can be found there, visitors can also watch Nama crafters at work in the vicinity. Attractions nearby include Duwisib Castle which has an interesting history, now a museum that is open daily, and Namib Rand Reserve.